A painting of an extra colorfield field, desnly occupied with plants beings of the same variety.

Reading Time: 13 minutes When we meet the members of the Plant Kingdom as shamans, we see and/or describe it and its medicine differently than the West or the scientific world, for many, many reasons. Our shamanic interactions and relationships with the medicine produce distinct descriptions and terminology as well. When we explore the Plant Kingdom with the naked […]

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A painting of a gallery with a virus-like looking painting on the wall.

Reading Time: 2 minutes People with the common cold are more likely to have a running or stuffy nose, but the cold usually has mild symptom compared to the flu and generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. They’re both respiratory illnesses but are caused by different viruses. Because these two […]

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A distorted painting of a Black woman in red.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the system of ancient medical practice that differs in substance, methodology and philosophy to modern medicine. Understanding TCM is a vital part of my ability to be an efficient clinician. As a future holistic dermatologist and cosmetic acupuncturist, I will not be effective without understanding TCM modalities, including herbal medicine, […]

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A painting of what appears to be a white cell with a strand of red DNA within.

Reading Time: 3 minutes As participants of all ethnicities support the Black Lives Matter movement en masse—taking a stand, speaking out against policy injustice—one must be woke and mindful of another invisible  public enemy that has senselessly taking black lives. Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than white Americans reports The Guardian. Protestors […]

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A figure meditating in front of a lotus flower and two celestial bodies.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ready or not, the world is reopening after COVID-19 sheltering, so here are some tips inspired by acupuncture and Chinese medicine to accompany your masks and sanitizers. With over 37,000 acupuncturists in the U.S. and more Americans augmenting their health and wellness routines with the 2,500-year-old practice of the Chinese medicine, it’s no surprise that […]

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A mixed-media cisual of a flying bird, with Octopus legs holding two marijuana leaves.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis or hemp plants. It does not produce intoxication; marijuana’s “high” is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD oil has been shown to reduce inflammation, anxiety and offer relief to those suffering from both health challenges without the detrimental side effects of pharmaceuticals—no wonder we […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” (Hippocrates) Ayurveda is one of the worlds oldest holistic medical systems with ancient Indian roots: 5,000 years of learned wisdom. It in detail explains how to keep the mind and body healthy and how to treat developed diseases. Ayurveda believes that the fundamental cause of […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Bonnie McLean practices Chinese medicine. She and her colleagues condone interdisciplinary healing which she concludes makes them an integrative team. She believes that because they sometimes refer patients to medical practitioners like psychiatrists their services are complementary.

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Natalia Maximets is a psych blogger. Her piece describes the dark side of psychiatry or rather the pharmaceutical companies that fuel it. She argues that such businesses put profits before people and that consuming their products is often dangerous. She also notes that psychiatrists don’t cure mental disorders.

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